Property’s big guns to get loaded in London

The annual London Real Estate Forum kicks off on June 12 with champagne, canapés and even a genteel game of cricket. Since 2013 the LREF has helped developers and elected council leaders to mushroom gentrification across the city and to worsen a chronic shortage of genuinely affordable homes. The LREF boasts it offers ‘property decision makers’ a chance for ‘relaxed conversation’. However, council estate resident campaigners, trying to save their homes from demolition, say LREF helps local politicians to secretly offer publicly owned land and assets to corporate developers. As for the cricketers, they will pay £300 each to play in a charity match raising funds for young homeless people. Paul Coleman reports.

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